These gures are from a study done by the Georgetown
Center for Education and the Workforce which is largelyfunded by theLumina Foundation(Lumina Foundationis a conversion foundation created in mid-2000 as USA
Group, Inc., the nation’s largest private guarantor and
administrator of education loans) and theBill & Melinda
Similar gures have been prepared for every state.
Without disputing the importance of higher education,
it seems wise to question the inuence of a few, well-
funded and ideaologically-aligned reformers on thepolicy direction for public education of nearly every statein the nation.The U.S. has supposedly been “a nation at risk” due tothe state of education for decades.The Common Core standards have never been pilottested and have no guarantee of being any more effectivethan the failed, federally-backed reforms of the past thathave served to grow bureaucracy, but not achievement.
Does the perceived urgency of these reforms justify circumventing processes of responsible and representative governance likecost analysis and well-publicized public hearings?